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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (PC DVD)
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (PC DVD)
Offered by Catvertrieb
Price: 8.14

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, 19 May 2006
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
With good PC games being hard to find lately, Oblivion nicely plugs the gap left by the major shift to the console market. The game features a huge world to explore which is littered with caves and dungeons to explore. The main quest is great, and there are five other minor quest arcs and tons of mini-quests to do all over the place all adding up to days, weeks and maybe months of gameplay. You can construct and customise almost every aspect of your character - from their race to their hairstyle and facial features. Although there is only one path through the main quest, the guilds offer the opportunity for you to show your good or evil tendencies.

Visually, the game is truly beautiful. Though at a cost - you really need a high-end system to enjoy the full benefits otherwise things will slow down terribly. Hence only 4 stars not 5.

This is one game that does live up to the hype - huge, immersive, rich, captivating and beautiful. Buy it now, though be prepared to say goodbye to a social life for a month or two!

I've Got A Life [Cd2]
I've Got A Life [Cd2]
Offered by dlar193076
Price: 1.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!, 19 May 2006
This review is from: I've Got A Life [Cd2] (Audio CD)
Wow. What can I say. 'I've got a life' starts out in the traditional, familiar slow and melancholy style. However, when that chorus arrives and that bass kicks in it really lifts the song into another dimension! Lennox's vocals are simply beautiful as ever - she is by far one of the best female artists in the UK. This track has been at the top of my playlist for six months now, and won't be budging any time soon.

Absolute genius! More please!

The Very Best Of Starship: We Built This City
The Very Best Of Starship: We Built This City
Price: 4.00

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 19 May 2006
I bought this album on a whim, mainly for the great track 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now' and have been very pleasantly suprised by all the other tracks on this album. I agree with previous reviewers, this is truly great music which may verge on the cheesy side at times, but is brilliantly done and wholly irresistible.

This is an excellent slice of 80s rock and roll, and well worth the money!

Price: 9.41

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album!, 19 May 2006
This review is from: Bare (Audio CD)
As a fan of Annie I have to admit being disappointed by Medusa, so it was with some trepidation that I bought Bare. Nevertheless, I was totally hooked from the first time I played it. This is full of tracks which are classic Lennox - deftly blending haunting lyrics with beautiful vocals and all full of emotion. Major highlights for me include 'Honestly', 'Wonderful' and 'Bitter Pill'.

Some people have reported problems with copy protection on the disc preventing them from playing on their PC, but it played just fine in my desktop under XP.

In summary, don't be put off by the cover (as I nearly was) - this is a great album and shows Annie Lennox shining at her true best.

Taito Legends (PC)
Taito Legends (PC)

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun (in places), 16 Feb 2006
This review is from: Taito Legends (PC) (Video Game)
The only reason I bought this was for New Zealand Story - or "Funky Chicken" as it was affectionately known by my friends - which we played many years ago on an old atari. For this it was definitely worth it.
The other games were a mixed bag with some of them being mildy diverting and others making me thankful that technology has come a heck of long way since the 80s.

The Star Trek Album
The Star Trek Album
Price: 14.25

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good collection, but flawed, 16 Feb 2006
This review is from: The Star Trek Album (Audio CD)
On the whole this is a really good anthology of the various themes from the Star Trek films and TV shows (though it is 'unauthorised' - if that matters!). The main themes are all here with the exception of ST III, and the Prague Philharmonic does them justice.
However, my favourite theme is from First Contact. Unfortunately for some reason this orchestration has a strange rising electronic note just before the main theme which sounds like a police car going by - this just ruins the whole track for me. The same happens in the ST V theme.
On the whole a great, but imperfect, anthology of some of the most memorable Star Trek music.

Ultimate Collection
Ultimate Collection
Price: 3.00

14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous!, 16 Feb 2006
This review is from: Ultimate Collection (Audio CD)
A really great compilation from a great band. Annie Lennox's unique vocals make this a musical treat. With excellent tracks ranging from the anthemic to the vaguely melancholic, plus the outstanding new single 'I've Got A Life' this album really is a must have! Superb!

Age of Empires III (PC)
Age of Empires III (PC)
Offered by zoverstocks
Price: 7.80

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really rather good, 16 Feb 2006
With the right graphics card, this game is visually stunning. The effects of light reflecting from ripples in the water and the vapour trails from cannon really sets this game apart!
In terms of gameplay, AoE3 follows the usual Age of Empires RTS style. Possibly the most fun addition is the inclusion of artillery and cannon which literally blow chunks out of buildings and bowl over infantry! Having cannon in ships allow for great naval battles such as those in Master and Commander with galleons being blasted into matchsticks! My only complaint is that the single player campaign felt a little flat compared with previous games in the AoE series and some other RTS games.
Combine all this with a large number of civilisations and a unique home city you upgrade by winning missions, this really is a great game.

The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth (PC DVD)
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth (PC DVD)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely one of the best RTS games available, 16 Feb 2006
A really great game. If you're a fan of RTS games or LotR, this is definitely worth a look. The graphics are great, the maps are good (especially the campaign levels like Minas Tirith), the sound features voices from the original cast, and gameplay is a doddle. A really innovative (and fun) feature is that your cavalry can trample enemy infantry, which allows for devastating charges of Rohirrim flattening hordes of orcs!
The only flaw is that it is limited in that most of the missions follow the same pattern: build up camp, destroy all enemies; but then most RTS games are like this.
This game has a worthy place as one of my all-time top five favourite PC games.

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